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All the true vows (David Whyte)

Friday, September 04, 2015

ALL THE TRUE VOWS

All the true vows
are secret vows
the ones we speak out loud
are the ones we break.

There is only one life
you can call your own
and a thousand others
you can call by any name you want.

Hold to the truth you make
every day with your own body,
don’t turn your face away.

Hold to your own truth
at the center of the image
you were born with.

Those who do not understand
their destiny will never understand
the friends they have made
nor the work they have chosen

nor the one life that waits
beyond all the others.

By the lake in the wood
in the shadows
you can
whisper that truth
to the quiet reflection
you see in the water.

Whatever you hear from
the water, remember,

it wants to carry
the sound of its truth on your lips.

Remember,
in this place
no one can hear you

and out of the silence
you can make a promise
it will kill you to break,

that way you’ll find
what is real and what is not.

I know what I am saying.
Time almost forsook me
and I looked again.

Seeing my reflection
I broke a promise
and spoke
for the first time
after all these years

in my own voice,

before it was too late
to turn my face again.

~ David Whyte ~
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  • BONNIEMARGAY
    Thank you. I love David Whyte's work.
    1048 days ago
  • LILLYROSEGRAM
    Makes one think, doesn't it?

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    1049 days ago
  • MONTANA-PAM
    Very thought provoking. I've read from Rumi as well. My initials are pjh too. Middle name Jean. Yoga Toes & Fibonacci numbers!
    1049 days ago
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